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GOES-R Series News | 2021


  • February 24, 2021: GOES-R/JPSS Hands-on Training to Process, Display, and Analyze Satellite Data Products

    image of Earth with a gray line over the equator around the Earth showing geostationary orbit, along with a GOES-R satellite rendering, and another gray line around Earth over the poles representing the polar orbit, with a JPSS satellite rendering.
    Two orbits, one mission

    Interested in learning how to process, display, and analyze GOES-R and JPSS satellite data? Join our virtual American Meteorological Society (AMS) short course on March 17 and 18, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Our subject matter experts will show how to use satellite data products to analyze specific environmental scenarios such as severe convection, tropical storms, flooding, fire weather, air quality, and more. Register for the short course here.

  • February 19, 2021: Five Questions for Kevin Fryar

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    GOES-R chief of staff Kevin Fryar

    For Black History Month, NOAA Satellites sat down with Kevin Fryar, chief of staff at GOES-R, to talk about his formative experiences as an African American in the sciences, along with advice for budding meteorologists of color. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force with over twenty years of experience as a weather decision support specialist, Fryar has also served at both the National Weather Service (NWS) and National Environmental Satellite and Data Information Service (NESDIS/NOAA Satellites) in a variety of roles. Most recently, he has been instrumental in the development of the new GeoXO satellite system (a ground-breaking mission that will advance Earth observations from geostationary orbit), advising on key issues related to disaster preparedness and management. During his interview, Fryar gave an overview of GOES-R’s newest initiative as well as some practical advice on how his military and on-the-job experience made all of the difference in his career.

  • February 12, 2021: NESDIS Looks Back at 2020

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    GOES-16 and GOES-17 contributed to NESDIS' success in 2020

    2020 will be remembered as a time of unprecedented challenges and changes. These circumstances inspired us to push our boundaries and try new things so that we could provide the nation with the most accurate and timely environmental observations with critical expertise. Learn more about our 2020 accomplishments and how our satellites help protect life and property.

  • February 11, 2021: NOAA Virtual Open House

    March 3: Wood Hole, Massachusetts Fisheries Lab and Aquarium | March 10: NOAA Satellite Operations Facility, Suitland, Maryland | March 17:  Monterey Bay, California Sanctuary Exploration Center | March 24: Long Beach, California Seafood Inspection Center | March 30: Kodiak, Alaska Fisheries Lab | March 31: Lakeland, Florida NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
    NOAA Live! 2021 Virtual Open House Serie

    Join us in March for a NOAA Live! Virtual Open House and “visit” some of the places where NOAA science happens. Each week, we’ll tour a different NOAA facility through a live webinar and meet the staff that bring NOAA’s mission to life. Our guides will highlight a few cool spots around campus and answer your questions in real time. These free events are geared toward students in grades 2 through 8, and they’re perfect for classrooms and families. Registration is limited so sign up today!


  • January 28, 2021: NOAA Satellites Helped Save 304 Lives in 2020

    Outdoor scene showing blue water with boats, green land with trees, hills, and gray mountains with white snow caps. A hiker is stranded at the top of one of the hills. In the blue sky is an airplane and a satellite.
    Of the 304 lives saved in 2020, 217 people were rescued at sea, 12 were rescued from aviation incidents and 75 were rescued from incidents on land. Credit: NOAA

    NOAA’s satellite fleet, renowned for being the backbone of weather forecasts, also played a pivotal role in rescuing 304 people from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters in 2020 through other capabilities that fly on these satellites. NOAA’s polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites are part of the global Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking system, or COSPAS-SARSAT, which uses a network of U.S. and international spacecraft to detect and locate distress signals sent from emergency beacons from aircraft, boats and handheld Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) anywhere in the world.

  • January 19, 2021: Fourth Quarter 2020 GOES-R/GeoXO Newsletter

    Three satellites hover above an image of Earth against a black background, showing the relative positions of the recommended GeoXO constellation.
    Recommended GeoXO constellation

    The GOES-R/GeoXO quarterly newsletter for October – December 2020 is now available. 2020 was an unforgettable year – for all the wrong reasons. Besides COVID-19 and social injustice, both of which affected the GOES-R/GeoXO family, last year also brought a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season and a record-smashing western wildfire season. As usual, our team rose to the challenge and delivered the mission. GOES-16 and GOES-17 continue to provide critical data to forecasters and GOES-T is in test preparing for a December launch. We’re also planning for the future beyond GOES-R. We’ve renamed the mission Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) to better reflect the advanced observations of atmosphere and ocean we plan for the GeoXO constellation. We are looking forward to the GeoXO Mission Concept Review in March and formalizing the program.